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September 9th - 13th
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Participants: Entries must be POSTMARKED OR SHIPPED (NOT RECEIVED) NO EARLIER than May27th, 2014. Any entries received prior to this date will not be considered for
squadding until July 1st and only if there are openings left. SEND ENTRIES TO: IDPA CHAMPIONSHIP, 2232 CR 719, Berryville, Arkansas 72616.
• All applicants must be current IDPA members with a classification of Marksman or higher and have at least one point.
• Limited to 290 entries based on accumulated points. Ask that your match director makes sure to upload results to the IDPA website
in the format that includes your IDPA number so you get credit toward the points system to attend the IDPA National Championship.
Points System: Points will be accumulated from May 26, 2013 through May 27, 2014. The points will be awarded based on participation at sanctioned matches whose results
have been uploaded to IDPA HQ or as noted below. Clubs that hold matches in the last two weeks of May should have their results uploaded to IDPA HQ no later than June 3, 2014.
The Points:

Tier 2 matches are worth 1 point.
Tier 3 matches are worth 2 points.
Tier 4 matches are worth 3 points.
Tier 5 matches (US and Indoor Nationals only) are worth 4 points.
Match Directors of sanctioned matches in this year or the previous earn 1 point.
The club contacts listed on the IDPA website as of May 27, 2014, earn 1 point.
On June 10th, all slots will be awarded and the competitors notified by email that week along with instructions on how use the online squadding system.
Squad sizes will be strictly limited to 12 people. Selection of shooting days will be done at that time.

How slots
will be

We will fill the first 200 openings using the Points System.
50 openings will then be filled by random drawing of all the remaining shooters who did not get a slot using their points. This will allow shooters in areas not
featuring frequent sanctioned matches to have an opportunity to attend.
30 openings will be reserved for International Shooters and will be awarded by random drawing; any international shooters who does not receive a slot via this
method will be entered into the random drawing for the 50 openings mentioned above.
These numbers do not include IDPA Staff and SOs as they do not take up any of the slots on Thur, Fri or Sat.

Entry Fee:

$170 until July 1st. $215 after July 1, 2014.
Entry fees for Foreign Members are to be paid by credit card only.
Includes the match and all festivities.
No match fee refunds will be made for any reason after August 22, 2014.
Make checks payable to IDPA.


Wed., Sep. 10

8:00 am
7:00-9:00 pm

Thurs., Sep. 11

Safety Officers and Staff shoot remaining half or full match
Competitor Sign-in/Hospitality Room open

7:45 am

Shooter’s Meeting at the range for squads 21-28

8:00 am

Squads 21-28 shoot the entire match

12:00 pm

Lunch at the range for squads 21-28

7:00-9:00 pm
Fri., Sep. 12

Competitor Sign-in/Hospitality Room open

7:15 am

Shooter’s Meeting at the range for squads 31-38

7:30 am

Squads 31-38 shoot 5 bays

12:30 pm

Lunch at the range for squads 31-38

1:15 pm

Squads 41-48 shoot 5 bays


On your own

8:00 am

Sat., Sep. 13

Shooter’s Meeting at the range for squads 41-48

1:30 pm

Squads 41-48 shoot 3 bays

11:00 pm

Lunch at the range for squads 41-48

12:00 pm

Squads 31-38 shoot 3 bays

7:00-10:00 pm

Awards Dinner - Dinner served at 7 PM with Awards Ceremony to follow


United States Shooting Academy, Tulsa, Oklahoma,


Mike (Iron Mike) Webb

September 9th - 13th
Tulsa, Oklahoma
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of entries, your entry form must be completed
ENTIRELY AND CORRECTLY or it will not be accepted. NO EXEMPTIONS. So please
check thoroughly before mailing.
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Association (IDPA), or anyone authorized by IDPA, of any and all photographs or video which IDPA has taken during the IDPA US National Championship and all associated
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advertising, magazines, catalog (whether printed or website) and etc. without any compensation to me.

Only ONE Dinner is included with entry. All additional dinners will be $30 each.
Entry Fee: $170 (before 7/1/14)
$215 (after 7/1/14)
There will be NO Division changes once HQ receives your entry form.
Classifications WILL change based on the latest issue of the rulebook.


Additional Dinner: $30

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1 point

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1 point

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IDPA Tactical Journal Contents

Cover Photos: © Paul Erhardt

Second Quarter, 2014/Volume 18 - Issue 2


7 Director’s Message


Joyce Wilson

8 From a Woman’s

Kitty Richards

10 Tactical Advantage:
Lionheart LH9 Pistol

Robert Ray

18 Video Gear Review: GoPro

Photos: © Paul Erhardt

20 Drawing Women To The IDPA

Jason Mather

14 Pro-Tips

Morgan Allen

16 Squad Moms

Phil Torres

17 Another Side of Z87.1 Eyewear

Jaci Jane

Ken Reed

34 Getting In The Press

IDPA Staff

Match Report
30 Washington State

Rick Breneman

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

33 Crown Your Own King:
Multi-Match Series

24 Match Report: 2014 Indoor Nationals
Robert Ray

IDPA Staff

36 Trophy Room
40 Match Calendar
43 Parting Shot

Photos: © Paul Erhardt

The IDPA Tactical Journal welcomes submissions of press releases and news of interest to our readers. All material is considered unsolicited and is subject to the approval of
the Publisher, Editor, and Advisory Board. All submissions imply consent to publish and will not be monetarily compensated or returned. If you’d like to submit an article, please
send it to

International Defensive Pistol Association’s

The International Defensive Pistol
Association’s Tactical Journal welcomes
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interest to our readers. All material is considered
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submissions imply consent to publish and will
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Second Quarter 2014, Volume 18 - Issue 2, Circulation 22,000

Editor-in-Chief Robert Ray
Executive Editor Joyce Wilson
Photographers Lyle Fann, Robert Ray, Ken Reed, Ed Leavitt, Paul Erhardt,
Dwight Pries, Brett Russo, Allison Neil, Jeff Koke
Kitty Richards, Robert Ray, Jason Mather, Morgan Allen, Phil Torres,
Ken Reed, Jaci Jane, Robert Ray, Joyce Wilson
Joyce Wilson
Publisher Joyce Wilson
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Director’s Message

Happy Spring!

A Message from Joyce Wilson, IDPA Executive Director
Nearly 18 years ago, our founders
met in Marietta, OH, and formed
the International Defensive Pistol
Association. They had no idea if anyone
else would want to shoot a new sport
that was based on self-defense scenarios
and intended to increase proficiency in
every-day carry skills. They prepared
themselves for the possibility that
they might be the organization’s only
members. They were delighted that IDPA
was, and continues to be, embraced
by shooters. As of March 21st, our
membership reached an all-time high of
25,000 members. I salute our founders
for their pioneering efforts, and our
membership for their hard work as our
sport continues this fast growth track.
To keep up with this ever-growing
evolution, we are committed to provide
opportunities for member input. Thanks
to many of you who have stepped up
and volunteered for future Tiger Teams,
based on the eBlast all members received
on the 26th of March. Several of the
teams will be staffed at various times
during the year, and we look forward to
getting input from a varied stratum of
our membership.
You will also be receiving more
communications from Headquarters. We
are planning to send to all members an
eBlast with updates on different events
and news approximately 6 times a year.
Any news that requires more thorough
coverage will be featured in this column
in the quarterly issue of the Tactical
It was a delight to see so many of you at
the Smith and Wesson Indoor Nationals
this year. This match continues to be
one of the most prestigious and popular
matches in our sport. We are grateful to
all of our sponsors for their continued
investment and support of IDPA.
As previously announced, we will
open the Member Suggestion Tool for
suggestions from our membership.
2nd Quarter 2014

Specific dates for this initiative will be
announced in late September. After
the 2014 Nationals, we will gather the
suggestions, meet to discuss, and post the
new rulebook which will go into effect
Jan. 1, 2015. (Note: our clarifications
process will not occur in Q4, as we will
be working from the member suggestion
tool.) It is important to understand
that every change will be carefully
considered and vetted before it is made.
As Newton told us, “For every action,
there is an equal and opposite reaction”.
That is true not only in physics, but in
IDPA as well. Each rulebook change has
“tentacles” that may touch many pieces
of our organization. For example, one
change in a shooting rule may necessitate
an additional change in areas like
Equipment, Penalties, Stage Design, and
SO Education curriculum, along with
the SO testing documentation. Training
and communicating these updates to
our membership, along with the cost of
reprinting a hard copy rulebook, are huge
tasks and put a burden on our members
and our staff. To alleviate this cascading
effect we will be updating the rulebook
again ~2 years after the 2014 update.
The quarterly clarifications process will
continue for any issues that require an
immediate update.
Beginning in Q2, we will also begin
some quarterly round table meetings
for two of our membership areas. A
Safety Officer Instructor Roundtable
and Area Coordinator Roundtable
will both be scheduled so that we can
identify opportunities to better serve our
As the first year of the new IDPA
website winds to an end, it is heartening
to see how much has changed in just
12 months. RANGELOG’s Member
Services have expanded to include
partnerships with matching providers,
like ShootNScoreIt (SSI) and PractiScore,
to improve features for Match Directors

and clubs. Since last March, IDPA clubs
have posted more than 1,000 matches
online, with nearly 20,000 competitor
scores posted online in just 9 months.
In 2014, RANGELOG is focused
on improving features for IDPA clubs,
Match Directors and shooters with
optional online match registration and
real-time scoring options that post scores
to automatically. The system
continues to be customized to meet the
needs of competitors with new features
coming to allow IDPA members to view
upcoming events on RANGELOG.
com and with mobile applications.
As we begin this shooting season, we
are looking forward to RANGELOG
launching new and innovative products
that help get our members to the range.
This winter has been a long season for
many of our members: record-setting
snow from the Rockies to the East Coast,
and unprecedented rain and unusual
temperatures in the south and west. As
we look forward to the renewal of the
spring season, we can also look forward
to the blossoming of IDPA with its
extraordinary growth. Thank you for
being part of this!
~ Joyce

Joyce Wilson, #CL087

Joyce Wilson is Executive Director of
IDPA. Members can contact her at

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From A Woman’s Perspective

It’s Never Too Late to Get Into Shooting
By Kitty Richards

senior shooters regarding thoughts, opportunities and challenges in the sport.

Photo: © Lyle Fann

H Qui, from Citrus Heights, CA, is an
IDPA SSP Novice who shoots with the
Sacramento Defensive Pistol Association
near Ione, CA. H has been shooting
IDPA for more than 3 years.
H did not have access to firearms
while young. “I did not have a Daddy
that brought me up right. Not a soul in
my family or among my friends would
even look at a gun, much less buy or
strap one on.” When asked how she
became interested in shooting, the 60
year old recounts an experience that
scared her. While in her early fifties, she
explains “I was running errands one
day. I pulled out of a parking space and
the young lady who took my spot was
stabbed while loading her purchases
into her car. I stopped stuttering two
days later and started looking for
something that would displace a little
tissue. I bought a 40 caliber Sig P239.
I am determined never to feel that
helpless again.”

H at the reloading bench

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Photo furnished by H Qui

This quarter, we continue that discussion with a senior female shooter.

Message received, loud and clear.

“I was running errands one day.
I pulled out of a parking space
and the young lady who took my
spot was stabbed while loading
her purchases into her car.
I stopped stuttering two days
later and started looking for
something that would displace a
little tissue. I bought a 40 caliber
Sig P239. I am determined never
to feel that helpless again.”
She likes the challenge of IDPA and
thought the sport would hone her skills,
so in 2010 she shot her first IDPA match
at the Sacramento Valley Shooting
Center. “Everyone I have met here is
very supportive, encouraging, showing
only the greatest of patience. Shooting
became fun!” H says it was in IDPA
that the gun bug bit her and she added
multiple firearms to keep the lonely Sig

The diminutive shooter has a
career that supports the patience and
responsibility that a firearms owner
needs. “I’m a live-in caregiver in a
6 bed care facility for patients with
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other
debilitating illnesses. I’m responsible
for everything that needs to happen
from the time they get up to the time
they go to bed.” She also makes quilts
for charities, cooks from scratch and
teaches English in China.
The challenges Qui faces as a senior
female shooter include one that
competitors of all ages experience:
“Having to go to work and spend less
time training!” The even-tempered
woman tries to keep other trials in
perspective. “My knees don’t work like
they used to and I just can’t seem to get
my gun out of my holster as fast as the
youngsters. I would like to move up a
class [in IDPA], but right now I’m happy
being on the accurate list.”
She is enthusiastic about the
opportunities she has discovered. “I’ve
met some very special people – the
people that I care about the most and

Photo furnished by H Qui

Last quarter, From A Woman’s Perspective chatted with one of IDPA’s female

H at the range

want to be with the most- because they
wonder how I’m doing, take care of me,
encourage me, look out for me, teach
H answered the following question
for FAWP:
• Before I started IDPA, I wish someone
would have told me… ”How much
fun it is! It is just a good, good day
when I can put my gun in a holster,
draw it and use it with accuracy.”
• The best things learned in IDPA…”I
don’t have to be afraid! I’ve gained a
boatload of self-confidence, any gun
is just a tool, like a car is to someone
who needs to get to work or a scalpel
is to a surgeon.”
• What would you do as a Match
Director to attract more women to
the sport? “My first thought to attract
more women would be to invite some
“eye candy” – but then I thought “I
already see on average of 120 hunks at
every match!’”
• Advice to other shooters? “Young
or old, if you aren’t practicing, your
skills are diminishing”, and for female
shooters, “Don’t be intimidated by all
the testosterone at a match – don’t let
the men have all the fun.”
• Best advice you’ve ever received about
shooting? “Said over and over again
until it sunk in – the front sight is
the same distance at the 55 yard line
as it is at the 5 yard line. No need to

Photo furnished by H Qui

It’s Never Too Late To Get Into Shooting

Beyond IDPA practice, here H puts a pistol caliber carbine through it’s paces.

This shooter is coached and mentored
by Wesley Lagomarsino. Regarding
her first few matches, she says, “I was
absolutely horrified at anything beyond
15 yards; terrified about having to zero
a moving target, and terribly unsure
about being good enough to be a
permit holder. Then I met Wes, who is
my loudest cheerleader.” Lagomarsino
identifies Qui as “the person who should
win the most improved shooter award.
She came in knowing nothing and has
come such a long way because she is
diligent about her firearms education.
Other shooters want to be around
her because she is happy to be on the
range. Even if she has a disappointing

performance, she overcomes it with a
positive attitude.” One of her biggest
contributions was identified as the
ability to help other women through
her encouraging outlook. “She is an
inspiration and source of empowerment
to other women. She started out as an
underdog who rose up to be more than
others expected her to.”
For those of you in the California
area, expect to see H Qui’s smiling face
at a range near you!

Kitty Richards, #LM18564

Kitty Richards is an SOI in New York,
has been shooting IDPA since 2002
and works more than 12 sanctioned
matches each year.

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Tactical Advantage

The Lionheart LH9

A Surprisingly Competent Pistol From South Korea

Photo furnished by Robert Ray

By Robert Ray

A little while back, I was presented with the opportunity to take a look at
and shoot a Lionheart Industries LH9 pistol in 9mm. I was very pleased
with the gun’s finish and performance over the course of several range
sessions, one club match, and even a sanctioned match. The good
impressions started right out of the box and did not stop until I reluctantly
had to send the LH9 back.
On opening the box from Lionheart,
I was first greeted with a very well
made and thought-out ballistic nylon
carry bag. The case was solid and used
high-grade zippers. It has a padded
back and carry handles as well as
exterior plastic D rings to attach a
shoulder strap if you want. The case
opens flat to allow you full access
while at the range table. The gun fits
in an inner, zippered pocket while
the main flat area has a pocket for the
manual, storage for the trigger lock,
and a hook-and-loop area with spare
straps for your personal configuration
and needs. It also has elastic loops
for magazine storage. Lionheart also
includes lube, a bore brush, a cleaning

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rod, and a cleaning brush. With this
attention to detail on the case, I had
high expectations for the gun itself. I
was not to be disappointed.
The model they sent was a two-tone
in olive and black. I admit I really
like the general look of the pistol. It
resembled the same sexy good looks
of the High Power. The finish was
nice and even, with no sharp edges or
blemishes. A lot of care had been spent
on the prep before this gun received its
final finish of Cerakote. The hammerforged slide comes with wide front and
rear cocking serrations that not only
look good, but allow for a very positive
grip when racking the slide. The Novak
sites not only look great, they are great.

Target acquisition and transitions
between targets was very fast. The top
of the slide has a stippling pattern to
help reduce glare. This was not an issue
for me in my younger years but, as I
have gotten older and my eye sight has
gotten worse, this additional touch was
very welcome.
The aluminum frame was also well
set up with a diamond pattern set of
rubber grips. These were perfectly
textured, allowing me a firm, solid grip
on the gun while still allowing me to
adjust when I made bad grip on a draw.
The ambidextrous safety is positioned
well for a guy whose first love is 1911s
and has a positive off and on. It was
a little hard to engage at first with my

Photo furnished by Robert Ray

Photo: © Robert Ray

The LH9 fired every ammo type it was given.

The LH9, a natural pointer with good sights.

Photo: © Robert Ray

Lionheart LH9 Pistol

The LH9 borrows much of its looks from the classic Browning High Power and the S&W Model 39/59.

strong hand but I had no issues after
the first 100 rounds and I became more
used to it. The slide release also had
a solid interface and was easy to find
and disengage under match conditions.
The front and back strap had simple

serrations which helped improve
the grip. I usually prefer checkering
in these locations, but I did not find
myself missing it on this gun. I never
had any issues with the gun moving
around in my hand.

The LH9 pointed exceptionally
well for me and allowed me to get a
nice high grip. This made recoil very
negligible and this was repeatedly
demonstrated by allowing other people
to handle and shoot the gun. I was able
to pull off respectable groups offhand at
15 and 25 yards using the single action
mode. The LH9 has the ability to be
carried in 3 different modes. I know
that a few of you are thinking “did he
just say three?” Yep, let me take you
through all three.
The LH9 can be carried hammer
down with double action first shot.
This is one of the areas that very truly
impressed me with the LH9. The double
action was long as you might expect
but it was extraordinarily smooth and
lighter than anticipated as well. My wife,
who has small hands and trouble with
most DA trigger pulls, had no issues
working the DA trigger on the LH9. It

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also can be carried “cocked and locked”
which appeals to me. The single action
trigger is nice and crisp weighing in
around 3.5 or 4 pounds. The last option
is the a little odd. Lionheart calls it their
Double Action Plus. What is Double
Action Plus? Well, let me explain how
it works. First, you load a round in
the chamber and leave the hammer
back. Second, with your finger push
the hammer forward. The hammer will

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rotate into the down position like in
DA hammer down. This puts the gun
in Double Action Plus. The hammer is
down so you have a long trigger pull like
in double action but it is very, very light
like a single action. When you pull the
trigger about half way, the hammer will
return to the cocked position. You can
then let off the trigger and the hammer
will remain cocked or you can continue
the squeeze the trigger until the gun
fires. It’s different, to say the least, but
it may be a good option for someone
that is not comfortable with a gun in
the traditional cocked and locked mode
of carry. After looking at it, the double
action plus would be ESP only.
All in all, this was a great gun from
a company that really put a lot of work
and thought into not only the gun but
the accessories as well. Lionheart also
worked with holster company G-Code
to ensure that holsters and magazine

pouches would be available for their
LH9. I know some of you out there
have felt the pain of trying to find
gear for your new blaster only to find
that nothing is available yet. No so
with Lionheart, they already had you
covered. If you are looking for a great
gun, you would be doing yourself a
favor by taking a look at the LH9 series
of guns from Lionheart. It only comes
with 2 magazines, so if you want to
shoot IDPA, you might want to order
an extra. The basic LH9 has a MSRP
of $675, but I am sure you can find it a
little cheaper at your local gun shops. I
hope to see you on the range in the near
future and until then, stay safe.

Robert Ray, #A05118

Robert Ray is the editor of the Tactical
Journal and a long time competitor in
the sport. Members can reach him at

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Feature Article


Photos: © Paul Erhardt

By Morgan Allen

Having gear prepped for a stage allows the shooter to concentrate on mental prep during the walk through.

In April, I was offered the opportunity to appear on the Shooter’s Mindset
podcast. I spent some time thinking of what I could bring to the table to
speak about that hadn’t already been covered by one of the many great
shooters that have appeared before me. It had me writing a brief outline
and then thinking about various classes I’d been to in the past as an
up-and-coming shooter.
One theme that rang true in my mind
was that many of the skills covered in
the classes were essentially the same
ones, just slight variations on execution
and, of course, the teaching style of the
instructors. In some classes, I walked
away with only a few new techniques
that I hadn’t picked up in the past or
learned on my own (sometimes by
accident). By large and far though,
everything I’ve seen thus far has been
pretty consistent. The word consistent
kept recurring in my thoughts.
Therein lies the core to any good
shooter who is able to perform well in
a match. So too is the description of the
difference between a good shooter and
someone who regularly wins, whether
their class or division, at monthly

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matches, or at sanctioned events.
So what’s the definition of consistency
besides the obvious one of repeating
an activity and gaining similar results?
Why is it that some shooters can
execute well in practice, yet have
challenges when it comes to performing
the very same skills in a sanctioned
match? There are a number of answers
to those questions and there are some
fairly simple things a competitor can do
to gain an immediate improvement in
this space.
The outline that I put together for
the podcast has one answer at the very
top that is often the most important;
preparation. Most people equate the
word with the practice of a broad
number of skills used in a match. While

there’s no question that match success is
dependent on walking in with a certain
level of talent, at least equitable to that
of your peers, there’s quite a bit more
to the concept than meets the eye when
it comes to the breadth of preparation.
Therefore, honing in on a few
strategically selected skills will provide
the most benefit for the final practice
before a match and what a shooter does
while at the match.
The last live fire practice session that
many people perform before heading to
a sanctioned match usually consists of
running skills they’ve already perfected
to the point that they are strengths for
that shooter, such as draws, reloads,
transitions, and shooting from
behind points of cover. Sanctioned
matches often include skills that rope
many others, like shooting from low
cover, prone, tactical sequence while
retreating, reloading from a sitting
position, opening doors, limited stages,
starting with an empty gun with no
magazines on a person and so on. A
predefined medley of practice skills,
including those not frequently used,
can help shake the dust off. It’s also
worth noting that the purpose of that
last live fire practice ought to include
reinforcing one’s confidence and should
stress shooting for zero down on all
shots as opposed to ninety percent
zeros that typically take place. Minimal
skills improvement (if any) will take
place in that last practice session and
therefore shouldn’t be the goal. Instead,
walking away with a mental confidence
bump should be a key outcome.
Once at a match, it’s important that
shooters develop a good stage read and
spend the appropriate amount of time
preparing for their turn to shoot. That
includes standing in the exact spot
from which targets will be engaged,
not six to eight feet back, as the view
will be substantially different. Listening
completely to the walk-through is also


Photos: © Paul Erhardt

have to get themselves prepared for the
stage. Why not prep all the score sheets
the evening before or morning of the
match prior to the first stage and have
extra loaded magazines loaded in case
the shooter learns that they are first
up when they arrive on the new bay?
Little things like paying attention to the
shooting order will help avoid a surprise
when the shooter’s name is called to step
to the line and shoot.
After the stage brief is complete, it’s
important to give full consideration to
all of the options available and then to
select one in order to begin the final
mental preparation. Competitors should
align their respective plans to best suit
their own skills and strategies. Barring
any significant finding as others shoot
the stage, the plan shouldn’t be altered
once a commitment has been made. A
well executed plan will almost always
outperform a poorly executed perfect

Practice is good. Focused practice is better.

critical as less specific instructions not
in the written course of fire may be
Shooters who arrive at stages, and only
then load their magazines and apply
labels to their scoring sheets, lessen the
amount of time they would otherwise

From that point forward, it’s up
to shooters to prepare themselves
mentally in order to execute at the best
possible level they can that mirrors their
individual abilities. There’s a plethora
of things that can be said about having
good mental match performance skill
which is the difference that separates
shooters who do well from those that
win… a topic for another article.

Morgan Allen, #A24050

Morgan Allen is the winner of 50+
IDPA Division Championships and 10
top-five division finishes at Nationals
events, including 2nd at the Inaugural
IDPA World Championship.
He can be reached at:

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Squad Safety Officers

Squad Moms

The Role of the Squad Safety Officer

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

By Phil Torres

“Squad Mom” Becky Sells helps IDPA staff organize score sheets for a stage.

Major events, such as the IDPA National Championship, do not just happen.
It takes a lot of dedicated hard work from a lot of people willing to sacrifice
time, money, and resources to come together and perform the various roles
needed to create success year after year. One of those roles that has been
in place since the Inaugural 2011 IDPA World Championship with proven
success, is the often misunderstood and certainly understated role of the
Squad Safety Officer, affectionately referred to as “Squad Mom.”
The Squad Safety Officer is the match
official that has the most contact with
competitors throughout an entire match
and can influence how people perform
and feel about a match – before, during,
and after shots are fired. The primary
purpose of a Squad Safety Officer is to
ensure the smooth, safe, and timely flow
of squads through a match.
Squad Safety Officers perform many
of the administrative functions normally
performed by competitors to allow
shooters to concentrate solely on their
“match performance.” Experienced
competitors want to visualize and
mentally plan and rehearse their “match

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strategies” upon arrival at a bay or stage.
New or less experienced competitors
often feel lost and unsure as to what
is required throughout the match as
they travel from stage to stage and
bay to bay. The Squad Safety Officers
make it possible for all competitors
to concentrate on doing their best by
preparing score sheets, establishing a fair
and consistent shooting order, knowing
the match information and locations,
ensuring the squads stay on the Match
Director’s planned scheduled, and being
a match resource.
To be effective, Squad Safety Officers
must know, ahead of time, the Match

Director’s “INTENT” as to how he or she
plans to run the match and any special
instructions or emphasis for the match
AND must know the complete Plan of
the Day for the match, including:
• The physical location of meeting places
• Each bay and stage location
• The intended flow sequence for each
squad to include start and end times
• Lunch location
• The intended times for events such as
lunch and other planned events taking
place before, during, and after the
Squad Safety Officers are normally
provided with lists of all squads they
are responsible for ahead of time. They
ensure all competitors in their squads are
accounted for throughout their portion
of the match at each bay and every stage.
Squad Safety Officers ensure score
sheets are prepared with the competitors’
match labels and that a shooting order
is established prior to arrival at each bay.
The goal is to ensure competitors arrive
at each bay ready for the CSO’s bay/stage
Squad Safety Officers meet their
assigned squads immediately after the
Match Director’s shooters’ brief and
guide their squads to their first bay. They
will attempt to answer all competitors’
questions about the match and related
post match events throughout the match.
I have often performed as a Squad
Safety Officer and it is one of the most
satisfying roles I have performed thus far
in IDPA officiating.

Phil Torres, #A20180

Phil Torres is a retired Marine Colonel
and a Security Management Consultant.
He has been a shooting enthusiast
for almost five decades, regularly
participates and officiates at many IDA
matches throughout the country, and is
a Safety Officer Instructor. He is also an
armed and unarmed combat instructor.
He can be reached at: and (210) 601-6040

Another Side of Z87.1 Eyewear

Safety Gear

Upgrading Your Eye-Pro
By Ken Reed
How precious is your eyesight? A
local shooter lost the use of his right

eye because of a bullet fragment that
returned from a steel target and hit
him in the right eye. Yes, the steel
was further than 10 yards away, and
was in good condition. Yes, he was
wearing Z87.1 rated impact resistant

Eyes well protected from the front...

Are often open and vulnerable to side impact.

Then how was he injured? His safety
glasses did not wrap around the sides
of his face. He was facing across the
bay, chatting with another shooter,
while waiting to shoot. The fragment
returned from another shooter’s round
striking a steel target, and entered on
the side of his eye. Yes, it was a bit of
a freak accident, but most of us have
Add-on side shields are an easy fix for low cost.
Most shields are simple and quick to put on/take off.
been hit somewhere by bullet fragments
returning from steel targets. Many of us
side protection is available from safety
have been hit in the face or neck at some
supply houses, welding supply stores,
or commercial tool stores. An Internet
Ken Reed, #A10886
Many shooters wear Z87.1 rated
search for “Z87.1 side shield” will show
Ken Reed is the Area Coordinator for
prescription glasses to shoot IDPA.
you which is available locally and what
Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho
and has been shooting IDPA since 1999.
They have good coverage on the front.
can be ordered.
Members can reach him at:
However, most all prescription glasses
Be safe, have fun, shoot accurately, do
have no side protection. The upper right
it quickly… repeat.
picture shows how exposed the eye is
from the side. I have side protection in
my shooting bag, but was sometimes
complacent about putting them on.
After this accident, I always wear side
protection now.
As you can see, the additional
protection is significant and most side
shields are Z87.1 rated. There are several
types of side protection for prescription
glasses, and they all work well. Some
are easier than others to get on and off
the eyeglasses stems. For a few dollars,
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Photos: © Ken Reed


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Video Gear Review

The GoPro Hero3
Is That A Hero On Your Hat?

Photos: © GoPro, Inc.

By Jason Mather
Look around at any major IDPA match, and you’ll notice an increasing
number of shooters wearing head-mounted action cameras. While its
value as a fashion accessory is debatable, there’s no question more
shooters are donning them to capture themselves and others in action.
Match video can serve as a great training aid for the shooter or as a way
to introduce IDPA to potential shooters.
Whether you want video to improve
your shooting or because you plan to
create a video empire on YouTube, you’ll
need a camera. Choosing a camera is a
bit like choosing a first gun – you’d like
to own all of them, but you also need
money for medicine and food, so maybe
you should first find one that meets your
purpose and budget. You can always buy
another after one of the cable networks

pick up your YouTube show.
Action cameras are sold online, in
big-box and electronics stores, and
can increasingly be found at outdoor
retailers. Since there are numerous
action cameras vying for your camera
dollar, the purpose of this article (and
perhaps a couple to follow) is to take a
look at what’s on the market.
First out of the box is the GoPro Hero

series. GoPro enjoys the lion’s share of
the overall point-of-view action camera
market. An unscientific survey of
camera equipped ball caps at the range
suggests this is also the case among
IDPA shooters.
As of this writing, GoPro offers
three flavors of the Hero3. Below is a
summary focusing on the features most
likely of interest to the IDPA shooter:

The GoPro Hero3 is available
at three different price
points based on capability
as shown here.


Black Edition

Silver Edition

White Edition






12 MP

10 MP

5 MP


Up to 4K

Up to 1080p

Up to 1080p
30 fps






microSD Class 10 up to 64GB

microSD Class 10 up to 64GB

microSD Class 4 or higher,
up to 64GB


Wi-Fi, Remote
Auto Low Light
Protune Mode
Simultaneous Video and Photo

Wi-Fi Built In

Wi-Fi Built In

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The GoPro Hero3

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tripod mount, the Battery BacPac™
(more battery for big matches), and The
Frame (lightweight camera frame when
weather isn’t an issue).
Camera set up is something you’ll
want to do before the match because it
takes some effort (and perhaps a pair
of bifocals) to configure the camera.
Configuration can also be completed
using the GoPro App or GoPro
Studio. Operating the camera is pretty
straightforward once you figure out
where the buttons are (camera dry fire
practice isn’t unheard of).
GoPro provides plenty of user
support on their website and the user
community has a host of ‘how-to’
videos on the interwebs. If you’ve got
a question, hit the web, or just ask
another camera-wearing shooter at the
range. We’re a friendly bunch and are
generally willing to help out others with
technologically augmented fedoras.

Photo: © GoPro, Inc.

Physically, all the cameras are the
same. Alone, the camera weighs 2.6
ounces. The 131' depth rated waterproof
housing (a must for rainy matches or
IDPA matches in Atlantis) adds 2.2
ounces. The weight of the camera in
the housing isn’t that noticeable, but
if mounting the camera on a ball cap,
you’ll want to make sure the cap fits
All of the current line of GoPro
cameras support Wi-Fi and can be used
with the GoPro App (available for iOS,
Android, and Windows Phone) for
remote control of all camera functions,
including use as a viewfinder. The Black
edition includes a handheld remote handy for turning a down range camera
on and off.
Battery life depends on video
resolution and Wi-Fi use. Better video
and use of Wi-Fi means you’ll probably
need a spare battery (or two) in your
range bag for a major match. At 1080p
and 30 fps, you should have no problem
catching all your action at a local match.
Memory card use also varies based on
video resolution, with higher resolutions
using space the quickest. Memory cards
are not included with the camera.
Getting the video from the camera
to your computer is simple using the
USB or the microSD card. GoPro Studio
is available for both PC and Mac for
editing and publishing videos.
All the GoPro cameras come with a
variety of mounts, with the Black have
the most options out of the box. Using
some creativity (and maybe a drill and
a couple plastic wire ties) you can easily
craft a hat mount. Mounts are a lot like
holsters – you’re not going to be happy
with just one.
No gadget would be complete without
a host of accessories and GoPro doesn’t
disappoint. Additional battery, mount,
and frame options are available. A few
of the most useful items for the IDPA
shooter might be the standard ¼-20

A basic collection of mounts as shown above will
get you started but your own ingenuity and an entire
industry of after-market mount manufacturers can
and have put these cameras just about anywhere
you can think of.

Jason Mather, #A45223

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blogger, and frequent punsmith. Check
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Feature Article

Drawing Women To The IDPA
The Importance Of A Small But Growing Demographic
By Jaci Janes
Photos: © Paul Erhardt

Hiding under the headlines. Some of the women on our front cover were a little harder to see than others. Here’s another look. Shown above: (left to right) Michele
Lonergan, Julianna Crowder, Allison Neil, Ashley Rheuark. Shown opposite page: (top to bottom) Debby Singer, Becky Sells, Joyce Wilson.

Over the last few years, IDPA membership has been on the upswing, as more
and more people discover that our sport is the perfect way to become familiar
with their gun and learn how to develop and test their skills in a safe and fun
environment. A growing number of people are learning that there’s no better
sport for beginners than to learn to compete in practical shooting, as the cost
of entry is a bargain compared to the other practical shooting sports.
Despite our growth, the number of
women competing in IDPA leaves a
lot to be desired. We’re the only major
shooting organization headed up by a
woman, the fastest growing segment
of the firearms industry is women, and
yet the number of women participating
in our great sport hovers at about 6
percent. What the heck is going on here?
Fox News Channel personality and
best-selling author, Katie Pavlich,
was kind enough to give IDPA an
unprecedented amount of national
exposure recently after shooting
the Indoor Nationals last February.
She had such a fantastic time as a
participant that she dedicated several

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of her columns to her
experiences, and had nothing but great
things to say about our sport. What
are we doing with this unprecedented
opportunity to bring more women into
our sport?
I had the opportunity to ask Katie
Pavlich about her indoor nationals
experience, and when asked what she
liked best about IDPA, she replied,
“As much fun as the shooting and
competition is, being around the people
who are involved with IDPA was by far
my favorite part. IDPA, and the firearms
industry as a whole, is a very special
community and it’s always refreshing to
spend time with people dedicated to the

preservation of the shooting sports.”
Anyone who’s involved in IDPA
knows that we have a unique and special
thing going, with an incredible amount
of wonderful people participating.
The problem is that a relatively small
number of people ever get the chance to
experience it, and an even fewer amount
of women will see that our sport has a
great deal to offer.

While the number of women
competing in practical shooting sports
in general is small, we should not be
content with single digit percentages
of female IDPA members. In a recent
Women’s Outdoor News story, IDPA
director, Joyce Wilson, agreed that it is
vitally important to grow our female
membership. “Women are the key to
preserving our Second Amendment.”
She’s exactly right about that, and I’ll
explain why:
In 2008, 53 percent of the female

Women In The IDPA
vote went to President Obama, with a
whopping 61 percent of women under
30 putting their vote in the D column.
In 2012, the voting gender gap was the
largest in history, with 56% of the female
vote going to reelect the President.
These numbers do not bode well for
the future of the shooting sports, and
if we choose to ignore our own gender
imbalances, our days of loading and
making ready are numbered.
While the above demographic isn’t
our target market, bringing more of the
growing number of women that own
guns into our sport helps tremendously
with our optics. When other women
see that ladies are competing and hear
stories about how great IDPA is, it forces
them to take a more objective look at
their feelings and thoughts about gun
ownership and destroys the “there’s no
good use for a gun” argument. We might
never convert the women who vote
for politicians that support anti-gun
measures, but it very well may alter their
choices when they go to the polls.

We know what doesn’t work to bring
more women into our sport: the status
quo. There are some groups that have
some amazing programs that are seeing
success, and we can learn from them.
Julianna Crowder is the founder of
A Girl and A Gun Shooting League, a
ladies-only organization established
to help women who are interested in
developing and improving their firearm
skills. In just a few years, Julianna has
established 67 chapters in 24 states,
and with over 2,300 members, it has
become one of the fastest growing
women’s shooting organizations in the
nation. Julianna is a Certified IDPA
Safety Officer herself, and she and her
Visible on the front cover:
Row 2: (Left to Right) Randi Rogers, Tara Lyon, Colleen Vaccaro, Francis Rosania
Row 3: (Left to Right) Kathia Rivera, Sara Mae Cannell, Joanna Lenczewska, Maddy Folk
Row 4: (Left to Right) Dori Bosler Smith, Danielle Vermeulen

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Photos: © Paul Erhardt


chapter leaders integrate IDPA into
their shooting programs. When asked
why they choose to use IDPA in their
program, Julianna replied, “It gives the
ladies structure while learning to be a
“shooter”, a transformation from just
being a gun owner. IDPA is not only
a fun way to spend a few hours on the
range; it is a supportive environment
where the gals can learn the game with
safety reinforced at every turn. They are
very proud of that.”
Team Trainwreck is another
organized club from the Houston area
that is going above and beyond to
increase the number of female IDPA
members. Michelle Lonergan, her
husband and a few other passionate
IDPA members started the group to
increase participation in IDPA in their
area and to make sure that women have
a place where they can go to learn more
about our sport. Michelle says, “When
women come in for the first time, I
make sure to make them feel welcome
and comfortable by introducing them
to other shooters and give them a
few matches to learn the rules.” Team
Trainwreck also offers a new shooter
orientation and website that includes
information about upcoming matches,
a new shooter section, and an area
dedicated to IDPA, where they explain
the basics of our sport and add some
information and tips about the classifier.
You don’t have to be a rockstar to
increase the participation of females in
your club, and it’s not rocket surgery to
implement a few simple items to help
draw more women and make them feel
comfortable stepping onto the range to
shoot their first IDPA match:
• Follow Team Trainwreck’s example by
posting information about your IDPA
club on your website and include
a new shooter information section
to address the most asked beginner
questions and address any important
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Feature Article

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

shooting IDPA for many years to come.
An increase in participation across
the country and the world allows for
new clubs to develop, which brings the
opportunity to travel to new places and
make new friends. The more women we
bring into IDPA, the more secure our
future will be.

Fox News Channel reporter Katie Pavlich, under the guidance of Julie Golob, had her introduction to IDPA
at this year’s Indoor Nationals and came away sharing a positive experience with many others.

information that’s specific to your
club or range. Hold a new shooter
orientation before at least one of your
matches per month to help get some
of the rules of the range and IDPA
basics out of the way before stepping
on to the bays.
• Put together an “Introduction to
IDPA class”, and hold it at least once
a year. Reach out to trainers and
organizations that market to ladies
and teach women-only courses. Ask
if they would be willing to include
information about IDPA during
their class, or give them some IDPA
brochures to hand out with their class
• Make a point to tell any female
shooters you know about IDPA. It
doesn’t have to be a dissertation, just
make sure to mention that you shoot
a really fun sport called IDPA, and
give them information about your
club’s match schedule. Make sure to
let them know that they are welcome
to come and watch for free.
While IDPA is currently enjoying
an increase in membership, it would
be dangerous to the future of the sport

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Jaci Janes, #A48122

Jaci Janes is the recipient of the 2013

to be indifferent to long-term growth.
NRA ILA Volunteer of the Year award.
She is an avid shooter and regularly
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The BUG Nationals

Match Report

THE 2014
By Robert Ray

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

There is always some trepidation involved for a
southern boy when traveling to the north. We just don’t
fit in up there. Add in that this trip was going to occur
during February in one of the snowiest seasons on
record and you add an extra level of anxiety. However,
there is one thing that can drag this son of the south
into the depths of the frozen north, the Smith & Wesson
IDPA Indoor National Championship!
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2014 Indoor Nationals

Indoor Nationals
High CDP

Score (PD)

Glenn Shelby

201.51 (82)

High ESP

Score (PD)

Brandon Wright

164.51 (38)

High SSP

Score (PD)

Bob Vogel

161.59 (49)

High SSR

Score (PD)

Joshua E. Lentz

240.18 (78)

High ESR

Score (PD)

Jerry Miculek

235.66 (105)

High Lady

Score (PD)

Randi Rogers

219.85 (121)

High Junior

Score (PD)

Weston Land

238.21 (69)

High Senior

Score (PD)

Jim Martino

225.47 (89)

High Dist. Senior

Score (PD)

Joseph E. Kulin

336.70 (162)

High Military

Score (PD)

Photos: © Paul Erhardt

Mike Seeklander

Dan Burwell draws and fires.
As seen through a 3 photo time-lapse.

I always enjoy my time up north
attending these matches. I have often
said that IDPA people are good people
no matter where you go and the people
at S&W are the best example of that
statement. They go out of their way to
make sure you have a good time and
that you have the best match possible.
When you add the unique opportunity
to shoot an entire major match with
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the lighting and conditions exactly the
same for every competitor, well now
you have something special. No worries
about wind, rain, or weather allows
the match director and stage designers
the unparalleled ability to create some
of the most visually stunning and
challenging stages.
A prime example of this is the stage
designs created by Chad Barber and

191.88 (76)

High Law Enforcement Score (PD)
James Meyers

180.53 (27)

High Industry

Score (PD)

Bob Vogel

161.59 (49)

High Press

Score (PD)

Austin Proulx

276.52 (104)

High International

Score (PD)

Miguel Angel Sanchez

221.45 (110)

Most Accurate

Score (PD)

James Meyers

180.53 (27)

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Photo: © Paul Erhardt

Match Report

Photos: © Paul Erhardt

Competitors catch up with each other before the safety meeting.

Mike Alexander visualizing his reload outside the COF.

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the US Coast Guard Academy Cadets.
Their work and dedication to the match
is legendary and this year was no
exception. Over the years a number of
their stages involved scenarios around
water and this year continued that
with a simulated duck blind stage. The
attention to detail on the build was
extraordinary but the challenge to the
shooter was equal to the stage build.
With leaping dogs and appearing and
disappearing boat-loads of bad guys,
it was difficult and entertaining, to say
the least. For someone that was born
near Stuttgart, Arkansas (the center of
all things duck regardless of what those
Duck Dynasty guys think), it was like
being at home.
Another interesting perspective on
shooting was brought to you by Trevor
Baucom. You may remember Trevor
from the cover of the last issue of the
Tactical Journal. Trevor designed a
stage that put you in his shoes, or in his
wheels. To be precise, the need to defend
yourself while confined to a wheelchair.
It gave me a new appreciation for how
Trevor shoots IDPA. Trevor is a heck
of a guy and I look forward to shooting
with him again.

The realism of the stage props
is a great part of the match, but
sometimes it is what you can’t see
that is important, like the targets. The
other unique part I mentioned about
being indoors is the ability to control
the lighting on the stages. From low
light to no light at all. One of the most
challenging standards I have ever
shot in a match had you doing it all
in the complete dark while using a
flashlight to see. Requiring four strings
and including strong hand, moving
while shooting, and headshots, this
stage taxed the skills of all that shot
it. Unfortunately, it over taxed me as
my flashlight died after the first string.
I finished out the remaining three
strings using the muzzle flash to try
and correct my aim. My points down
on this stage were ugly to say the least.
It was still good fun and I was happy
with what I could get done in the dark
sans light.
The real story is always about who
comes out on top and this year is no
different. It should come as no surprise
that another southern gentleman, Jerry
Miculek, once again walked away the
Division Champion win for ESR. I am

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

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shooting more IDPA.
In the south we pride ourselves on
our hospitality but I could not have
asked for better treatment from the fine
northerners at the Indoor Nationals. I
look forward to my next trip into that
region knowing that I will enjoy some
of the best shooting and company that
be found anywhere. I still, however,
do not look forward to the snow that
seems to accompany each of those

Mike Irving of Shooting USA & Matt Skutnik of Smith & Wesson.

sure there will come a day when he
will lose that title, but don’t look for
it to happen soon. Revolver wizard
Josh Lentz secured the SSR title. Glenn
Shelby returned as CDP Champion
and Bob Vogel again took away the
win for SSP. Brandon Wright not only
took home the ESP trophy but also
came very close to edging out Bob
Vogel for the unofficial match high
overall. This is a tough task as Vogel
has, for the last several years, been 20
or more seconds in front of the nearest
competition. Brandon managed to
come within three seconds of Vogel’s
time. I would also be remiss if I did
not talk about Randi Rogers. Randi is a
phenomenal shooter and has extended
her High Lady streak to 6 in a row.
Congratulations Randi and all of the
other winners in this match!
One other interesting event
happened at this year’s Indoor
Nationals. We have had our share of
industry executives shoot the National
matches. However, this year we were
able to bring in the biggest of the big.
Smith and Wesson President and CEO
James Debney not only shot the match,
but he also loved it. He also took some
time out of his very busy schedule to
come and speak with us at the Awards
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banquet. He spoke about how much he
enjoyed IDPA shooting and reinforced
Smith and Wesson’s commitment to
partnering with and supporting IDPA.
We appreciate him shooting with us
and hope to see him out on the range

Robert Ray, #A05118

Robert Ray is the editor of the Tactical
Journal and a long time competitor in
the sport. Members can reach him at

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Match Report

2013 Washington State
IDPA Championships

Photo: © Ed Leavitt

By Rick Breneman

Early morning Orientation for 30+ staff members and 120 shooters over the weekend.

For 2013, the Washington State IDPA
Championships (WASIDPAC) returned
to Renton Fish & Game Club (RF&GC)
after a one-year hiatus. After hosting
the championship from 2002 to 2011 a
break was welcome, and though the 2012
match was a success, scheduling issues
required a relocation. I had hoped for
a bit longer break, after serving as MD
for those first ten matches, but when it
appeared that there might not be a 2013
match if it didn’t return to Renton, I went
about reassembling my crew.
Though I could count on just about

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everyone who’d staffed prior matches,
the IDPA landscape had changed enough
in Western Washington that it would be
possible to call on help from a half-dozen
other area clubs. In 2002, the only active
club in the state was Northwest Practical
Pistol Association (NWPPA), but in
the intervening ten years, under the
leadership of Area Coordinator Sandy
Wylie, IDPA had grown to include clubs
spread the length, and both sides of
Puget Sound.
I wanted to get those clubs involved.
While I could always count on SO
involvement from all the clubs, what I
really wanted was for the clubs to commit
to designing, setting-up and staffing a
stage; what better way to create a true
“state championship” than to get virtually
all of the clubs involved in the match?
NWPPA has an enviable position
within RF&GC, essentially being able to
call the shots for WASIDPAC weekend,
getting the shotgun, rifle, and pistol

ranges closed to public use so that the
entire facility can be committed to the
state match. For monthly club matches,
we have access to seven action bays, but
with the range closure we pick up three
additional shooting locations, plus lots of
additional parking.
WASIDPAC has become a two-day
event (three, including the staff match),
with a three, half-day shooting schedule.
We have been able to fine-tune the
schedule over time, and have come up
with a fifteen-squad format, with five
squads shooting the entire match on
Saturday, five shooting Saturday AM and
Sunday AM, and the remaining squads
shooting Saturday PM and Sunday AM.
That allowed us to accommodate as
many as 120 shooters for the weekend, in
addition to the expected 30+ staff.
The response to my “call to arms” by
the other area clubs was outstanding!
One club submitted a half-dozen courses
of fire, each requiring the construction
of special props and activators. One
stage had a gravity-powered charging
target that burst through saloon doors
to confront the shooter with only a
brief engagement window. Another
had a table with built-in activators that
were tripped when a weight was lifted.
Another table had a drawer activator.
A different club, while comparatively
short on stage numbers, came up with
what was probably the single most
complex stage we’d ever run. Two
runners, swingers, and pop-ups, all but
one activated by previously-engaged
targets; at the start signal, there were
only two visible threats in a stage that
completely filled a 60’x60’ bay.
Other stages included shooting from
around a car; engaging targets from
within a tent; shooting over a motorcycle
at threats peering from behind “gas
pumps”; and negotiating all the threats,
of many kinds, in a stage called “Victory
Motel”, based on a movie shootout in a
run-down roadside inn.

2013 Washington State Championships
The winners were:

Richard Morgan Jr.


Nils Jonasson


Steve Koski


Michael Poggie


Joshua Essary

Set-up started on the Tuesday of
match week, but most of the work was
scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
The outlying clubs were left to determine
their own work schedules, and most had
decided to wait until Thursday. NWPPA
holds all of its matches on the weekend
with the third Saturday, and WASIDPAC
is no exception. We settled on August for
the state match in ‘02, and have held it in
August ever since. The most compelling
reason is weather. August is about the
only month that usually guarantees, or

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at least promises, a rain-free weekend.
While that held true for the shooting
days, Thursday featured a miserable
downpour that saw a large proportion of
the staff hanging-out in the “tent” prop,
hoping it was only a shower that would
soon pass.
The stages slowly came together, some
having to go through a period of, “I know
that’s what I said, but that’s not what I
want!” on the part of the MD. There
were no mutinies, and the stages were
completed, and dried-out, in time for
Friday’s staff match. That may have been
the longest staff match of my life, yet
not everyone was able to shoot all of the
stages. With promises of, “We’ll get you
through the rest, at lunch on Saturday”,
we closed the gate after dark.
Out of bed at 6:00AM Saturday, the
drive to the range indicated we’d have
good shooting weather, and arriving at
the range, seeing the dressed-up stages,

sponsor banners, and shooters already
gearing-up in the safety areas made me
feel that we had done another good job,
all we could do prior to the event, but
would it hold up?
We tried to cover all the bases, where
shooting challenges were concerned.
Stage one featured an appearing target
that ran behind fixed targets in the
foreground, but with engagement order
- over horizontal cover - left to the
shooter’s discretion.
Stage two presented the shooter with
a choice. 8” round plates were placed
on either side of a non-threat’s head,
with a wide cover position uprange that
allowed a complete view of only the
outer plate from either end of cover; go
to both ends to get clear shots at both
plates, or increase the risk of hitting the
non-threat by engaging what appeared
to be one whole and one half-plate from
either end?

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Match Report

WASIDPAC didn’t disappoint in the prop department.

Stage eleven was the usual longrange stage. We’ve had a 35yd stage
each year, more than once a variation
on this year’s, the scenario revolving
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to a mix of steel and paper. This year’s

version introduced a bicycle; the Airman
involved in the actual event had ridden to
the scene on a bike, so a bike was secured
at the firing line, the shooter given the
option of using it as a rest, if desired.
All the stages were fun and
challenging. Considering the sheer
number of props which included
springs, pins, wires, etc., I was somewhat
surprised, and gratified, that there were
no mechanical problems that weren’t
quickly resolved.
It was a great match and everyone went
away happy.

Rick Breneman, #A07876

Rick is a Safety Officer Instructor and
Area Coordinator for the states of
Washington & Arkansas, and Match
Director of eleven sanctioned matches.
He can be reached at:

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Crown Your Own King
By IDPA Staff

When the match directors of New England’s three big matches – the ones
not hosted at Smith & Wesson – agreed last season to participate in the King
of New England series, they didn’t know what to expect, but they each really
liked the concept. So much so, in fact, that the 2014 King of New England is
now in the planning.

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Step 2: Select the matches you want to
include in the series and have each
match director pick their best stages
to include. Also pick an alternate at
each match in the event one of the
four stages gets thrown out.
Step 3: Track your scores. The one bit
of work that does need to be done
is the series score keeping. With the
King of New England they found that
the number of shooters participating
across the three matches in 2013
grew smaller and smaller as shooters
didn’t participate in all three matches,
or switched divisions as some did.
Scoring is fairly simple since all major
matches can produce a final scores
spreadsheet to work from.
Step 4: Find a trophy sponsor. Apex was
kind enough to commit to the King
of New England series and pay for the
trophies, which were estimated to be
$600 the first year and $300 after that.
Depending on the trophies you select,
your costs will vary.

from those for the Kings, were covered
by a different sponsor.
Putting together your own version
of this kind of series is very easy, and
if your state or region has a couple
popular major events, it’s just a matter
of coordinating with each of the match
directors. You will also need somebody
to plan the trophies and find a sponsor
to cover those additional costs. You
could always minimally adjust the
match fees to contribute to the trophy
costs, but that’s up to you and the match
Step 1: Pick a cool name for the series.
You can crown your own King and
Queen or you come up with some
other title, like emperor perhaps.

Step 5: Once your series is named,
planned, and you have trophies
covered, the next thing to do is
promote it to area shooters. Local
clubs and match directors should
all be encouraged to help spread the

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

If you are not familiar with it, the
King of New England format takes
four stages from the Massachusetts
State Championship, the New England
Regional and the Live Free Or Die, and
uses a competitors combined score
across the 12 total stages to determine
the King of New England winners. To
participate the competitor must shoot
all three matches and do so in the same
division. A King of New England is
crowned in each of IDPA’s five divisions.
A Queen of New England was also
crowned in 2013, and will be again
this year.
The goal of the series is to encourage
participation across the three matches,
as well as spotlight the top local
shooters. IDPA’s very best shooters are
unlikely to participate in all three, unless
the matches are in their backyard.
For match directors, the series means
only the most minimal of extra effort.
For their role, all that was required was
selection of the four stages. Of course,
a trophy sponsor was needed and Apex
Tactical Specialties graciously agreed
to support the effort for 2013 through
The additional budget requirement
for 2013 was approximately $600 and
was based on the trophies selected
– one being a large cup-style trophy
costing around half of the first year’s
costs. Again, match directors didn’t
have to cover this expense due to the
underwriting from Apex. The Queen
of New England trophy costs, separate

King Of New England

Tom Yost (left), King of New England for 2013
stands along side Ken Lambert with his award
plate and the KoNE trophy which has been
engraved with Tom’s name.

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Feature Article

Getting In The Press

The Media Doesn’t Hate You. They Just Don’t Know You.
By IDPA Staff
One of the most common refrains heard in the shooting sports is ‘the
media won’t cover our match’ or ‘the media is anti-gun and will never
put us in the paper.’ This simply isn’t true. However, for many this has
become a self-fulfilling prophecy that does more to keep the shooting
sports out of the press than any supposed conspiracy within the media.
The key to getting your local paper,
radio or TV station to cover you is
to make sure they know you actually
exist. You need to tell them about your
match to get their attention. This is done
through the use of press releases and
media advisories and it’s easier than
you think. To help you get started IDPA
has prepared “Getting In The News: A
Guide for IDPA Members” and sample
releases which you can find online at under ‘Resources.’
Before you question whether this
really works or not, using this system
generated over 230 stories in one
season for the Scholastic Clay Target
Program. There is no reason you can’t
achieve the same success in promoting
your matches. The sport of Defensive
Shooting is a great sport to spotlight
talented shooters of all ages and by
following the sample press releases
provided, and compiling a list of your
local media contacts, you’ll be able to
introduce the sport to thousands of new

Know the Media And The Media
Will Know You
The key to getting your match in the
local news media is to make sure that
they know your match exists.
To make sure the local media knows
about you and your match, you need to
know about the local media and how
to contact them. The key is to develop

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an up-to-date list of media contacts in
your area. Make sure you include name,
address, phone and email for each
contact along with the newspaper, radio
or television station they represent.
When you contact local media outlets
to get their contact information, ask
them how they prefer to receive press
releases. It is important to note that
when it comes to email, many media
outlets may not accept an email with
files attached. So if you are going to
email your release, put it in the body of
your email rather than attaching it as a
document. Use the subject line to repeat
the headline of the release. Once you
have your list of local media, you are
ready to move to the next step - writing
your press release.

Write Your Own Press Release Or Use Ours!
Writing your press release is simple,
and it will increase your chances of
press coverage if you follow a couple
fundamental style rules. Just like any
other business or industry, the media
has a standard, user-friendly format for
how press releases should be written
and formatted. If you follow the format,
you are going to have greater success in
getting your match covered in the press.
To help you with the format of a
press release, we have included a couple
sample releases to copy. All you need
to do is fill in the key information that

a reporter will be looking for - Who,
What, When, Where and Why. Supply a
reporter with this information and he or
she can write the rest of the story.

Getting Your Match In The News
There are several topics you can
prepare a release on that will be
of interest to the local media. The
following are some topic ideas you can
Topic #1: [Club Name] to Host
State IDPA Shooting
Topic #2: [Business Name] Sponsors
Local Shooting Match
Topic #3: [Shooter Name] Ready to
Compete for [State-Region]
Shooting Title
Topic #4: [Shooter Name] Captures
[State-Region] Title
These are only a few topics you can
write a release about. There are many
more and if your local paper wants to
write about your matches, keep giving
them information.

Formatting Your Release
When it comes to formatting your
release, here are a few key points to

Getting In The Press
Contact: The Contact is the person
you want the reporter to call
if there are any questions
or requests for additional
information. If they don’t
know whom to contact, how
will they be able to set up
a photo-shoot to put your
match on the front page?
Phone: The reporter with questions
has to know the number at
which to reach you.

Date your release so the
reporter knows when it was
sent. Date your release for the
day you send it out.

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This goes at the end of
your release and should be
centered on the page. This
lets the reporter know that
your release is done. It’s like
putting ‘The End’ after a

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movie. Make sure you include
this or the reporter will think
he or she is missing the rest of
your release.

Utilizing A Media Advisory
A media advisory uses a different
format than a press release and delivers
‘just the facts.’ Media advisories are used
to advise the media of an upcoming
media event. It tells reporters who is
holding the event, what it is about, why
it is being held and where and when
it will take place. A media advisory
might be sent out three days before your
match begins and include directions to
the range and even an on-site phone
number in case a reporter is having
trouble finding the range and needs to
call for directions. The media advisory
is a very effective tool and the easiest to

Don’t Get Discouraged and Don’t
Give Up
Finally, if after sending out your
release you don’t get covered in the local
paper, on the local radio or TV station,
don’t get discouraged. This happens to
everybody from small businesses to
big corporations. Sometimes, current
events keep reporters bogged down on
a particular story. Don’t get discouraged
by this and don’t give up. Send out
another release about your match, or
try calling to follow-up and make sure
the reporter, editor, or news director
received the release. Your call may be
just the thing to get them thinking
about a story on your match. Be ready
to explain the sport of IDPA to them in
terms that are easy to understand for a

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Trophy Room

Trophy Room

Trophy Room: We want to recognize the hard work and success you’ve had in the sport. Have a photo
of you with your trophy? Send your photos to us at: Include your name,
event title, order of finish (ex. 2nd ESP/MM), and the name of the photographer if possible.

(l-r) Miguel A. Sanchez (High International, 5th SSP/MA), Rafahel Gandica (3rd ESP/EX), Juan Llabot (2nd ESP/SS),
Victor M. Garcia Garnica (2nd SSP/MM), Juan Cheng (2nd SSR/EX)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

(l-r) Brian Abbott (1st ESR/SS), William Richards (1st ESR/EX), Jerry Miculek
(ESR Champion/DM), Phil Torres (1st ESR/MM), Eugene D. Gelberger (1st ESR/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Glenn Shelby (Champion CDP/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

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Ashley Rheuark (High Lady 2nd ESP/MA), Randi Rogers (High Lady 1st SSP/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

James Meyers (High Law Enforcement SSP/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Joseph E. Kulin (High Dist. Senior ESP/EX)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Trophy Room

Brandon Wright (Champion ESP/DM)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Weston Land (High Junior SSP/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Austin Proulx (High Press CDP/EX)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Bob Vogel (High Industry, Champion SSP/DM)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Francis “Chip” Dufault (1st SSR/MM)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Kenneth J. Ortbach (1st SSR/EX)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Caleb Giddings (1st SSR/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Jim Martino (High Senior 1st ESP/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

David Galante (1st CDP/SS)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Nicholas Henry (1st CDP/EX)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Robert J. Evans (1st CDP/MA)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Corey Beaudreau (1st ESP/MM)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

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Trophy Room

Brian Daku (1st ESP/SS)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Michael Cracco (1st SSP/MM)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Andy Holton (1st CDP/MM)
2014 S&W Indoor Nationals
Photo © Dwight Pries

Jason Stieber (Champion SSR/EX)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Kurt Arnold (Champion ESP/EX)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Jacob Hetherington (1st Junior, Champ SSP/MA)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Elias Frangoulis (Champion CDP/MA)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Bill Macaulay (1st ESP/SS)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Brian Buller (1st ESP/MA)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Mike Harper (1st SSP/MM)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Levi Heffelfinger (1st CDP/SS)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Jacqueline Janes (1st Lady ESP/SS)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

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Trophy Room

William Miller (1st SSP/EX)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Bill Cook (1st CDP/EX)
2014 Arizona State Championship
Photo © Brett Russo

Michael Pontious (3rd SSP/MM)
MVSA IDPA Regional
Photo © Allison Neil

Donnie Stone (2nd SSP/MM)
MVSA IDPA Regional
Photo © Allison Neil

Roger Willingham (3rd ESP/MM)
MVSA IDPA Regional
Photo © Allison Neil

Jess Lamphere (2nd CDP/SS)
MVSA IDPA Regional
Photo © Allison Neil

(l-r) Leigh Ann Pinto (1st SSP/NV)
Nikki Pinto (High Lady, 4th ESP/SS)
MVSA IDPA Regional
Photo © Allison Neil

Joseph Castillo (Most Accurate SSP/MM)
Virginia Indoor Regional
Photo © Jeff Koke

Stephen L. Myers (High Senior, 1st SSP/MA)
Virginia Indoor Regional
Photo © Jeff Koke

Jeffrey Roberts (1st SSP/MM)
Virginia Indoor Regional
Photo © Jeff Koke

Brian Abbott (1st SSP/EX)
Virginia Indoor Regional
Photo © Jeff Koke

Brandon Wright (Champion SSP/MA)
Virginia Indoor Regional
Photo © Jeff Koke

2nd Quarter 2014

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Match Calendar

Upcoming Matches
2014 South Florida Defensive Challenge



May 30, 2014

June 27, 2014

2014 Beast of the East

Long Shot Range, Homestead, Florida
Hosted by: Tropical Sport Shooting Association

Easton Fish & Game Association, Easton, Pennsylvania
Hosted by: Easton Fish and Game Association

June 1, 2014

Jun 28, 2014

World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Hosted by: Friends of the World Shooting Complex

Oil Capital Rod & Gun Club, Coweta, Oklahoma
Hosted by: Oil Capital Rod and Gun Club

June 6, 2014

June 28, 2014

Pine City Sportsmen’s Club, Inc., Pine City, New York
Hosted by: Pine City Sportsmen’s Club Inc.

Kettlefoot Rod & Gun Club, Bristol, Virginia
Hosted by: Kettlefoot Rod and Gun Club

June 7, 2014

July 19, 2014


2014 IL State Championship

Badlands Regional & Oklahoma State Championship

NYS IDPA Championship Match

2014 Virginia State IDPA Match at Kettlefoot


18th Annual MA State IDPA Championship

Rainier Ballistics Invitational

Rod & Gun of New Bedford, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Hosted by: Rod and Gun Club Of New Bedford

Music City Tactical Shooters, Dickson, Tennessee
Hosted by: Music City Tactical Shooters

June 14, 2014

Jul 20, 2014

Gallatin Gun Club, Gallatin, Tennessee
Hosted by: Gallatin Gun Cub, Inc.

Rudininkai, VST shooting range, Vilnius, LITHUANIA
Hosted by: Savigynos Saudymo Sporto Klubas

June 14, 2014

July 28, 2014

Luther Owens Memorial Park, Berryville, Arkansas
Hosted by: Arkansas Combat Pistol League (ACPL)

Watauga Gun Club, Boone, North Carolina
Hosted by: Watauga Gun Club-IDPA

June 15, 2014

August 15, 2014

Gallatin Steam Plant Shootout

Lithuania National match 2014

Single Stack Championship

Mountaineer IDPA Classic

Gualtieri Shooting Club Range, Gualtieri, Emilia-Romagna, ITALY
Hosted by: Gualtieri Shooting Club


Xtreme Summer CUP

2014 Michigan State Championship
Linwood Bay Sportsman’a, Munger, Michigan
Hosted by: Linwood - Bay Sportsman’s Club

June 19, 2014

August 16, 2014

The Range, Oxford, North Carolina
Hosted by: The Range

Renton Fish & Game Club Inc, Renton, Washington
Hosted by: Northwest Practical Pistol Association

Carolina Cup

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2014 Washington State Championships

Match Calendar

Visit to find a club match near you.

August 16, 2014

2014 New England Regional IDPA Championship
Harvard Sportsmen’s Club, Harvard, Massachusetts
Hosted by: Harvard Sportsmen’s Club

August 23, 2014





2014 IDPA Africa Championship
Roodepoort Shooting Range, Johannesburg,
Hosted by: South African Defensive Pistol Association


September 9, 2014

2014 IDPA US National Championship
United States Shooting Academy, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hosted by: United States Shooting Academy

September 13, 2014

2014 Ohio State IDPA Match
Ashland Lake Gun Club, West Salem, Ohio
Hosted by: Ashland Lake Gun Club

March 25th-28th
RL Shooting Club
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Entry Forms will be available starting November 2014.
Check for more information.


October 4, 2014

Music City Cup IV
Music City Tactical Shooters, Dickson, Tennessee
Hosted by: Music City Tactical Shooters

October 4, 2014

2014 IN State Championship
Atlanta Conservation Club, Atlanta, Indiana
Hosted by: Atlanta Conservation Club

October 10, 2014

Lone Star IDPA Championship 2014
Triple C Tactical Training (CCCS), Cresson, Texas
Hosted by: Cross Timbers Action Shooting Association

October 17, 2014

Smith & Wesson NH “Live Free or Die” Blockbuster State Championship
Pioneer Sportsmen, Inc., Dunbarton, New Hampshire
Hosted by: Pioneer Sportsmen, Inc.
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Parting Shot

The Comp-Tac Parting Shot
Comp-Tac Victory Gear is giving you the opportunity to take a parting shot – but be kind, we don’t want to hit you with a Failure
To Do Right. Submit your own original caption for the photo below by emailing it to We suggest you don’t
post your entry on Facebook to keep others from “stealing” your idea. Once your entry is received a super secret panel of judges
(think of them as a Trilateral Commission or the Illuminati) will review the entries and select their top three. So bring the funny.

Photo: © Paul Erhardt

Caption This...

Parting Shot Winners From Our Last Issue

Step #1:
Think of something funny to caption the photo above.

Step #2:
Email your (hopefully) funny caption to

Step #3:
Sit around waiting to find out if you won, all the while
complaining about the whole process being unfair in
not recognizing your obvious comedic genius.

Step #4:
Photo: © Paul Erhardt

Cross your fingers, hope we like your wry sense of
humor best.


“Heh, heh, she thought I was going to mow the lawn, trim the shrubs, clean the garage, wash the
car…Hello IDPA match!”
Lee Hein #A23854


“John smiled, knowing that his breakfast at Taco Bell meant Mary would never again invade his
personal space during the SO briefing.”
Ken Ramsey #A38768


“After a lifetime of shooting my hearing is still perfect. I hear every whisper my wife makes.”
Gary Bibeau #A26407

2nd Quarter 2014

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be published in the next
issue and will receive, courtesy of our good friends at
Comp-Tac, a gift certificate for $75 (1st), $50
(2nd), or $25 (3rd). (And yes, you have to be an
IDPA member.)

Tactical Journal | 43

The Professionals Choice!
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Double-Alpha Academy PDR Holster

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has an additional inner suede leather lining to protect
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CED Watertight Cases

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CED Brass Tornado

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The CED Brass Tornado is the
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CED7000 Timer

CED Brass Dryer

The smallest, most lightweight shot timer EVER!
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A Great way to speed the drying process of brass to under an
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CED M2 Chronograph

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* Built-in Calculator & IPSC / IDPA Power Factor Function
* Voice Chip technology – Results can be heard as well as seen
* USB interface with new Data Collector Software program included
Chronograph System $199.00
Infrared Upgrade $89.00
NiMH Battery Pack $58.00
Custom Carry Case $38.95
Full accessory line available!

CED Deluxe Professional Range Bag

The CED Deluxe Professional Range bag, has 25% more stor- age
capacity, two additional zippered pockets have been added, one on each
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